A common read for everyone

Three Metropolitan Community College campuses are pleased to present Common Read events this spring. Each author and book being spotlighted will offer the College community and the surrounding cities an opportunity to grow their cultural awareness. The goal is to create connections among members of the college campus and to create intentional dialogue around these themes.

MCC-Longview Common Read

Featured book and author: “Some of my Best Friends are Black,” Tanner Colby


  • Spring Convocation
    • Tuesday, April 17
    • Guest Speaker: Tanner Colby
    • Reception, 5 p.m.
    • Spring Convocation, 6 p.m.
    • The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Rd., Lee’s Summit
  • More information about other events and RSVP at: mcckc.edu/lvhomecoming

MCC-Maple Woods Common Read

Featured book and author: “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits,” Lalai Lalami


  • Tuesday, April 17 – Author Presentation: Laila Lalami
    • 6:30 p.m., Lecture, Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City
  • Wedenesday, April 18 – Author Presentation: Laila Lalami
    • 9-9:50 a.m., Lecture
    • 11-11:50 a.m., Question & Answer
    • Location: MCC-Maple Woods – CC110

MCC-Penn Valley Common Read

Featured book and author: “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter



  • Common Read Convention
    • Thursday, April 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • MCC-Penn Valley, EC019
    • Alexander Hamilton was not much of a revolutionary but Lin Manuel Miranda’s and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution certainly is.  As MCC encourages students to make their own revolution the text and play will serve as brilliant and inspirational guides.  The talk will explore those themes by looking into what Manuel and McCarter have to say about revolution and what makes their ideas so resonant now.